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The World's Writing Systems

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A comprehensive reference describing all ancient and modern scripts of the world. The writings are illustrated with full explanation and grammatical analyses, and each discussion features a bibliography leading to more technical literature.
Hardcover, 968 pages
Published February 8th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Douglas Summers-Stay
This is a very complete reference book that looks at writing systems throughout the world and through history. These are the various alphabets of the world, from heiroglyphs to Korean to Linear A to ancient Mayan. Some of the most interesting are the ones that are yet undeciphered. A few were invented in historic times by one individual working alone. Ogham script, used in Ireland, is so orderly it seems to be of that sort (though we don't know who invented it.) Many others copied previous alpha ...more
Dan Bain
One of the best collection of scholarly writings on grammatology. I have never come across a collection as well written and as thorough as this one. It not only explains the use of modern scripts, but gives details about the development of various scripts. The examples are clear and the typesetting is excellent. It is extremely difficult to print in certain non-roman scripts, and the authors of this text did an amazing job of not sacrificing quality while being able to handle so many scripts in ...more
One of the best books on the topic of writing I have ever read. It is an extremely rich, detailed, and comprehensive (if occasionally prolix work), which delves deeply into the workings and forms of almost every writing system known to man, both living and dead, and even gives plentiful examples of the scripts in use. I particularly love the section of cuneiform--I have never encountered a more in-depth and detailed discussion of that topic in any other general work.
A thorough and exhaustive examination on this subject. It is both a reference book and a great piece of writing about the interconnectedness as well as the unique qualities of everything from cuneiform to dance notation. I am sure that I will be going back to this many times in the future.
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I pick this fabulous thing up every few years and poke at it some more. Highly ironic that computers made it possible to publish this.
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